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1 The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John C. Maxwell

2 #1 The Law of the Lid Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. Your leadership ability will determine the impact that you have on an organization. The lower your ability to lead, the lower the lid on your potential.

3 #2 The Law of Influence The power to influence lies in the ability to get people to participate. If no one is following, you are not a leader. Management is part of being a leader, just because you can manage something well does not mean you can lead.

4 #3 The Law of Process This law shows that what matters most is what you do over the long haul. It requires a lifetime of perseverance and dedication to become a good leader. If you want to see how someone becomes a champion look at their daily routine.

5 #4 The Law of Navigation “Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.” Good navigators count the cost before making commitments for themselves and others.

6 #5 The Law of E.F. Hutton When real leaders speak people listen.
How to see the way a person became a leader: Who they are Who they know What they know What they feel Where they’ve been Past successes What they can do

7 #6 The Law of Solid Ground
Good character builds trust, it’s the foundation of leadership. To build trust a leader must show three qualities: competence, connection and character.

8 #7 The Law of Respect People naturally follow leaders who are stronger than themselves. If people do not have trust in you as a leader, they will not respect you nor want to follow you.

9 #8 The Law of Intuition Leadership intuition separates the greatest leaders from the ones who are merely good. Leaders see everything with leadership bias, and as a result they instinctively know what to do. Everyone is capable of developing a degree of leadership intuition. No one starts at the same place.

10 3 Major Intuition Levels
Those who naturally see it. Those who are nurtured to see it. Those who will never see it.

11 #9 The Law of Magnetism Who you are is who you will attract, thus the saying “Birds of a feather flock together.” You will probably find that you and the people who follow you share common ground in several of these key areas: Attitude Generation Background Values Life experience Leadership ability

12 #10 The Law of Connection True leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. Six keys to connection: Personal authenticity Relationship Approachability Mutual respect Belief in people Meaning and depth

13 #11 The Law of the Inner Circle
A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him. Look for the greatness in the group and form alliances with the stronger members. Five types of people you should bring to your inner circle are: Potential value: Those who raise up themselves Positive value: Those who raise morale Personal value: Those who raise up the leader Production value: Those who raise up others Proven value: Those who raise up people who raise up other people

14 #12 The Law of Empowerment
Only secure leaders give power to others. If a leader is able to give power away, the organization will become more powerful. Only empowered people can reach their full potential. Maxwell said, “I believe the greatest things happen only when you give others the credit. That’s the Law of Empowerment in action.”

15 #13 The Law of Reproduction
It takes a leader to help others become leaders. Leaders who develop other leaders are able to: See the big picture Attract potential leaders Create an “eagle” environment

16 #14 The Law of Buy-In People follow worthy leaders who promote worthwhile causes. The leader and the vision always go together. The two can not be separated. A leader must get his/her people to buy into them first if the vision has any chance of becoming a reality.

17 #15 The Law of Victory Leaders find a way for the team to win.
3 Components to achieve victory: Unity of Vision Diversity of Skills Leader that is dedicated to victory and to raising players to their potential

18 #16 THE LAW OF THE BIG MO Developing momentum = creating forward progress Concentrate on what you can do, not what you can’t Celebrate victories no matter how small “If you can’t take some heat, get out of the kitchen.”

19 #17 THE LAW OF PRIORITIES Importance of organization
Activity versus accomplishment The Pareto Principle The 3 R’s-required, return, reward John Wooden

20 #18 THE LAW OF SACRIFICE You have to give up to go up
The true nature of leadership is sacrifice “When you become a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself.” --Gerald Brooks

21 #19 THE LAW OF TIMING When to lead is just as important as what to do and where to go Only the right action at the right time will bring success

The ability to develop the RIGHT leaders leaders math vs. followers math Leaders who develop leaders vs. leaders who develop followers (First Break All the Rules)

23 #21 THE LAW OF LEGACY A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession A team of good leaders is needed in order to succeed Develop your successor Know when to walk away


25 Personnel determines the potential of the organization
Relationships determine the morale of the organization Structure determines the direction of the organization Vision determines the direction of the organization Leadership determines the success of the organization

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